Halloween Wines & Snack Pairings!

Halloween is right around the corner, can you believe it? Not only did September fly by, but now October is too! If you’re seeking some wines that will spook your friends, add some sparkle to your party, or pair well with snacks and scary movies; look no further!

Sparklers

img_8766Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava ($12-15): This fun Spanish Cava is great for those who enjoy delicate bubbles, apple and pear notes, and an exciting touch of ginger. This wine is dry (brut) and is drink-able on it’s own, but also wonderful when mixed into a cocktail or party punch bowl. This “Black Bottle Bubbly” can be decorated with wine bottle markers too!  Snack Pairing: Lays Smoked Gouda and Chive Potato Chips (back for limited time). 

Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava ($20-22): A limited production Cava enclosed in a hand blown glass bottle and metal family crest. Medieval and beautiful in it’s appearance, the cava itself is bright and citrus forward. Chardonnay drinkers will enjoy this sexy sparkling wine, and it’s perfect for a halloween party! Snack Pairing: Crown Maple Bourbon Bacon Crack.

Crown Maple Bourbon Bacon Crack

1 Sheet Puff Pastry

4oz Crown Maple Bourbon Syrup

6 Strips Bacon

3-4oz Brown Sugar

Method: Cut bacon in small chunks. Lay puff pastry on a sheet pan, and preheat oven to 400°F. Pour on 1-2oz of the Crown syrup. Cook bacon in pan on stove, and once almost fully cooked, place onto puff pastry. Top with brown sugar and more maple syrup. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. Slice with a pizza wheel, and serve with a side of Crown Maple Syrup if desired!

Reds

img_87672014 Ravenswood Besieged ($15.99): This red blend is deliciously spooky! Upon Ravenswood’s first harvest, a flock of ravens taunted Joel from overhead, inspiring the dark and ominous label on the bottle. Inside, this wine is a blend of Petite Sirah, Carignane and Zinfandel grapes with notes of blackberry, black cherry, and plum spiced with cardamom. Snack Pairing: Spread MMM’s Olive Tapenade and Petite Toasts. 

2015 19 Crimes Red Blend ($11.99): This blend bares the same traits as those banished to Australia, which was the inspiration for this unique wine. It’s a taste you’ll never forget expressing dark plum, toffee, and spice aromas. On the palate this wine is smooth, dark, and sultry. Snack Pairing: Fall Chocolate Bark

Fall Chocolate Bark

8oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

8oz White Chocolate Chips

Roasted Salted Pecans

1tsp Cinnamon

Method: In a double boiler, melt semi-sweet chocolate. On a sheet pan with a silpat or parchment, spread melted chocolate into rectangle. Melt white chocolate and add cinnamon. Stir gently and pour onto the chocolate layer. Spread carefully trying not to mix the two chocolates together. Top with crushed roasted salted pecans, and let cool for 30 minutes. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours, than break apart. Store in air tight container in fridge.

img_87682015 19 Crimes The Warden ($24.99): This red blend is another one not to miss. Curl up with a blanket, scary movie, and some kettle corn for a delicious evening of relaxation. This powerful wine deserves to be enjoyed with your “partner in crime”, for an evening of mischief and mayhem. Snack Pairing: Kettle Corn

2014 Apothic Inferno ($16.99): A sensual and seductive red wine aged in whiskey barrels! This small batch limited release wine is stunning and addictive with an alcohol of 15.9% and notes of maple, dark fruit, and spice. Snack Pairing: Pearson Farm Cinnamon Roasted Pecans.

image002-202015 The Prisoner ($47.00): A Napa Valley Red made from Zinfandel and an unlikely mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Charbono. This wine expresses enticing aromas of bing cherry, espresso, and roasted fig. Persistent flavors of ripe raspberry, pomegranate and wild berry linger into a smooth and luscious finish. Snack Pairing: Cheese & Charcuterie Board- Aged Gouda, Parmesan Cheese, Danish Blue, Prosciutto, Whiskey Washed Salami, and Fig Jam

Port Wine

Dow’s 2011 Late Bottled Vintage Port ($24): Dow’s only produces late bottled port during the best vintages, and this one has lower residual sugar. Dow’s Port House is one of the leading producers in Portugal, and this LBV sees a longer maturation period in seasoned oak casks. No need for decanting, because you have halloween festivities to take care of! Snack Pairing: Chocolate Covered Raisins.

fullsizerender-6Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port ($36): This decadent port is deep tawny in color with nutty, honey driven aromas and fig flavors. This port is made from wines of the highest quality and aged as well as finished in oak barrels. Once this is bottled, it is ready to drink, so no need to worry about aging or decanting. Snack Pairing: Peanut Butter Cups

Cockburn’s Special Reserve ($18): Made with superior grapes from Quinta dos Canais in the Douro Superior, this port bridges the gap between fine Ruby Port and Vintage Port. This wine spends extra time in oak cask (4-5 years) giving it striking cherry flavors, currant and spice notes, and approachable drinkability. Snack Pairing: Black Licorice

Happy Halloween! Please Pair Responsibly….

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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